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Poll: Is Red Hat 9 Bible worth $50 to a newbee?
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Yes, The bible is great and worth the $50
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No, The bible is not worth $50 to a newbee

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Old 11-01-2003, 12:27 AM   #1
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Post Red Hat 9 Bible worth $50?

Simple Poll for anyone that has a opinion about the subject. I am a newbee wanting to learn linux as fluently as I know windows. Is the Red Hat 9 Bible worth the $50 list price? Is it good for someone wanting to learn how to administer Linux in a company or small bussness? Basicly, Is The Red Hat 9 Bible's contents worth $50 for a newbee, or are there forums, webpages, or other books that are better? Please leave your opinion if you can, Thanks.
Old 11-01-2003, 12:56 AM   #2
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Yeah i am using debian now but i was using redhat 9 for a little bit and bought it. The book is easy to follow plus it comes with extra apps i belive. It is worth the 50 bucks in my opinion.
Old 11-01-2003, 11:19 AM   #3
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I have the RH7.3 bible and still use it even though I am running RH9.0. Yes it is worth it, especially if you will be sticking with RH for awhile.
Old 11-10-2003, 01:55 AM   #4
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I bought the 7.2 Bible... I found it close to useless. The web has the info that you need, not the book. Any time I wanted to find something out, I looked in the book and failed to find anything. It does have some worth, but not $50. Pretty much I used it to learn how to install software, and install the OS.
Old 11-10-2003, 10:19 AM   #5
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I remember buying a "Guide to Linux". What a waste of money. 95% of this book was walking me around the GUI. I wanted to learn the commands and how to execute thngs via the command line, this book wouldn't tell me.

That and don't get a book for a specific distro.
Old 11-10-2003, 12:36 PM   #6
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Get RED HAT 9 UNLEASHED. Its cheaper and much better! XD and alot on the CDs.
Old 11-10-2003, 04:16 PM   #7
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IMHO, everything you could ever need is available free online, between this site,, and the hundreds of other Linux sites...

but if you would like to have a paper book, I'd suggest purchasing the Rute User's Tutorial - it's an excellent reference, and Mr. Sheer has been good enough to make it freely available in electronic form:



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